Last Updated: Saturday, 15 November, 2003, 12:14 GMT
Player ratings: Australia v New Zealand
Marks out of 10 following Australia's 22-10 victory over New Zealand in the World Cup semi-final in Sydney.
Mat Rogers: One of the Wallaby stars. Full of running from deep and came up with some raking touch-finders with his left boot. A firm fixture at full-back.
A roar of support greeted his first touch of the ball but again failed to impose himself on the game, although kept Rokocoko quiet.
Stirling Mortlock: Caused mayhem in the All Black defence throughout. His early breakaway try set the tone and he always took the ball forward.
Elton Flatley: Not flashy but helped keep things fluid throughout. A visionary with the ball in hand and landed six of his seven kicks.
Saved a try when forcing Muliaina to knock-on and was a constant thorn in New Zealand's side in attack, darting in off the left-wing at pace.
Stephen Larkham: Looked back to his best bar the failure to kick for touch before Thorne's try. The lazy breaks and eye for a gap were crucial.
George Gregan: His service was slow and he missed making the most of a number of overlaps, but he led his troops well and played with passion.
Bill Young: Full of running. It is easy to mistake the prop for back-row team-mate Waugh, so conspicuous is he with his mop of blond hair.
Brendan Cannon: Cannon never lasts a match, making way for Jeremy Paul on 50 minutes this time, but when he was on he was a constant nuisance.
Ben Darwin: Stretchered off with a neck injury after half-time. The Telstra Stadium could be cursed for the Wallabies after David Giffin's injury last time out.
Justin Harrison: Quiet in the loose but the master of the line-out. Stole ball to help his team maintain possession and a willing tackler in defence.
Was only on for a half and left battered. A high tackle from Collins left him dazed and confused early on, but good in tight and loose.
George Smith: Was told by referee White that his "timing had to be considerably better next time" after one late tackle. It was, he was everywhere.
Covered every blade of grass and was crucial to the game plan, linking backs and forwards as well as scavenging for possession.
David Lyons: One of his quieter games but always made yards when crashing on to the ball in the midfield and gave Australia plenty of "go forward".
David Giffin: On for Sharpe shortly before half-time - a seamless transition. His experience helped the forward effort.
Rest of the bench: Coach Eddie Jones used his replacements to the full and they all gave their all to a memorable winning performance.
When he almost scored early on, he must have thought another chance would come his way. It never did despite his best efforts.
Doug Howlett: He got so little ball in the first-half he went looking for it in the second. He could not do a thing with it when it finally came his way.
Leon MacDonald: The Achilles heel was always going to be the kicking - and MacDonald was the fall guy. Was not up to the job.
Aaron Mauger: Dithered and dallied in midfield when New Zealand needed darting incision instead. Knock-on at the final whistle summed up the effort.
Joe Rokocoko: One of the stars of the campaign but was absolutely anonymous. Won a cheer for dropping a high ball and that was it.
Carlos Spencer: Hero or villain? A telegraphed pass set-up Australia's try and a dancing break got Thorne over, but he failed when it mattered.
Justin Marshall: Threatened to take the game by the scruff of the neck before going off with a rib injury. His experience was missed.
Dave Hewett: Largely anonymous before a knock-on early in the second-half with New Zealand pushing for a score. He was off within minutes.
Keven Mealamu: The all-action hooker offered himself in midfield taking the tackle, but he neglected his prime job in the side, line-out throwing.
He worked hard in the scrum and around the field, but like the rest of the team was always pushed backwards.
Chris Jack: Took some of the rare clean ball in the line-out but, like many wearing black, all too often resembled a startled rabbit in golden headlights.
Ali Williams: Spiked Larkham in the build-up to New Zealand's only try and gave his all in the loose. Emerged with credit, but that is little consolation.
Reuben Thorne: The captain has often been criticised and, despite scoring his side's only try, the flak will come in spades now.
Richie McCaw: Players like McCaw need to be playing on the front foot to be seen at their best. Worked tirelessly but was forever on the back foot.
Jerry Collins: Was lucky to stay on for a high tackle on Sharpe but made the most of the let-off and was often first receiver taking the game to Australia.
Byron Kelleher: Came on for Marshall early in the second-half and a poor first pass showed the gulf in class between the players.
Rest of the bench: Kees Meeuws made a short-lived appearance but coach John Mitchell made his other changes too late in the game.
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